Macho Sadness, and Wrestling as the True Realm of Fantasy

Still bummed over the death of Randy Savage, but will carry on.

Wrestling has been a good, bad and ugly influence in my life for twenty six years or so. How can’t you love comic book heroes coming to life, doing amazing feats of combat and acrobatics in a ring, and telling stories as old as the Iliad through mock violence? That’s right, it’s impossible!

I’ve written a number of articles and stories about wrestling, wrestlers, and the fantasy world they inhabit. Someone asked if I had a list of all of ’em, but only two are available online. One is an article on how the world of wrestling is as much a fantasy world as Middle Earth or Oz or whatever. Published at Clarkesworld, four years ago this fall. Check it out.

The next is a tale from the age when wrestling went from being a real combat sport to a con game and then became an art. Set in the rough and tumble 1920s, get my mythic take on how wrestling became a fantasy in “Skulduggery at the Junction” at the Edge of Propinquity.

Now to get back to work. Because that’s what Randy Savage would have done.




About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at
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